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Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd for a special edition of Disruptors & Dilemmas, featuring alumni and faculty from U of T Engineering, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Future of Vaccine Production: Giving Canadian Biomanufacturing a Shot in the Arm

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in Canada’s preparedness to address great challenges in the biomanufacturing space, including domestic production of vaccines. Disruptors & Dilemmas asks a panel of multi-disciplinary experts to provide their insights on Canada’s response to COVID-19, and how the fields of chemistry, engineering, and pharmacy are equipped to address future global crises. Through exciting initiatives at the University of Toronto and beyond, our alumni and faculty hold the keys to unlocking the power of Canadian biomanufacturing to ensure that we are a world leader for the next great challenge.

This free virtual speaker panel will be moderated by Claire Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Defy Gravity Campaign and Former Chair of University of Toronto’s Governing Council. Guests will be invited to engage in Q&A with the panelists following the discussion.



Omar Khan
Assistant Professor, Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

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Ravindar Kumar

Ravindar Kumar
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Physical Sciences
Global Pharma Industry R&D/Manufacturing executive
Director of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry
University of Toronto Mississauga

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Michael May (ChemE 9T1, PhD 9T8)
Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

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Chris Yip
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

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Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9)

Senior Advisor, Clients and Industries, Bennett Jones LLP,
Co-Chair, Defy Gravity Campaign
Former Chair, Governing Council of the University of Toronto

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